In a boost to regional jobs and skills PJL Group and Skillset Workforce have partnered to employ a record number of apprentices and trainees for PJL, who started work today in Orange

Eighteen people have commenced in a range of roles, with eight undertaking Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeships, six Engineering (Fabrication) Apprenticeships, two Engineering (Mechanical) Apprenticeships, one Auto Electrical Apprenticeship and one Business Trainee.

PJL Group Manager NSW Ben Hockey says a strategic planning process undertaken last year by PJL identified apprenticeships and training as a priority for the business, and this will be the first step in that direction. “We are really excited to be consolidating our commitment to supporting local communities through employment and training with this new, expanded apprenticeship program. We are experiencing a real trades shortage in Australia at the moment, and providing an opportunity for young people to develop such valuable skills for the future is incredibly satisfying. And partnering with Skillset Workforce allows us to focus on we do best and let the experts deal with the recruitment and employment processes.”

These roles form part of the Skillset Workforce Pledge250 Jobs Campaign, which aims to address youth unemployment across the region. With the Campaign currently at 124 jobs created, Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says they have made a good start but still need more businesses to follow PJL’s lead. “We are really committed to making a difference, both in people’s lives and in our regional communities, and we need businesses to help us do this. We need to work together to grow the skills and people our region needs for now and into the future. PJL Group are really showing the way here and we encourage other businesses to get on board and commit to the future through jobs and training.”

To find out more about Skillset Workforce and Pledge250 visit skillset.com.au or call 1300 853 525. And to see the new starters on their first day watch the Prime 7 News Story.